On a cold, wet & windy Tuesday night, Bolton Wanderers limped their way to an astonishingly dull 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers.
With injuries and illness taking their toll on the team in the week prior, Wanderers got off to a sluggish start.
Rovers, who had failed to score since Boxing Day, probably went into the tunnel at half time bemused as to how they didn’t break their unfortunate streak. Remi Matthews produced a couple of stunning saves to keep the game level, though he could do nothing just past the hour mark.
A ball across the box left Jonson Clarke-Harris the easiest of chances & he buried the ball to hand the away side the lead.
Will Buckley was introduced shortly after to try and help Wanderers get back into the game, though lady luck really isn’t on his side.
Just a couple of minutes after his third Wanderers debut began, Buckley left the pitch on a stretcher. Will he play again for Bolton this season? Looks unlikely. Hope he has a speedy recovery.
Thankfully, Wanderers pulled level with just over five minutes to go. A terrific Brandon Fleming corner was headed past Blackman by top goalscorer Daryl Murphy, his eighth of the season.
Wanderers looked like they didn’t want to win the game. They lacked drive & ambition.
Let’s hope Keith gets some quality onions in before the end of the window and we see a far better performance Saturday.